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      Marc Maurer
      President, National Federation of the Blind
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      Hall of Fame Quarterback

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      Motivational Speaker
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      Dr. Abraham Nemeth
      Professor Emeritus
      Inventor of the Nemeth Code
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      The Honorable Pat Schroeder
      Executive Director, Association of American Publishers
      Former Member of Congress

      Dr. Geerat Vermeij
      Professor of Geology, University of California at Davis
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            January 4, 2009, Special Edition

        A Note from Dr. Fred Schroeder
        Today we celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille. We celebrate not only his life but also the countless lives impacted by the code that bears his name. 

        Through his creation of the Braille code, Louis Braille equipped the blind with an essential tool for independence and success. He empowered us with the knowledge that we could compete on the basis of equality, and for the first time in history, he afforded us the opportunity to both read and write. Long before the NFB began shattering misconceptions about blindness, Louis Braille began the process of changing what it means to be blind. 

        Now, some two hundred years later, as we celebrate how far we have come, we must also remember how far we have to go. As we celebrate Braille's birth and advance the Braille Readers are Leaders literacy campaign, we urge you to support the NFB's Braille literacy initiative in any way that you are able. Whether it is through purchasing an NFB-Braille Commemorative Coin, providing matching funds for the Braille literacy campaign, attending Braille events, or simply helping to raise awareness of this important issue, we hope that you will join us in our efforts to end the Braille literacy crisis. 


        Exciting News in Honor of Louis Braille's Birthday
        Save the date!  The Louis Braille Commemerative Coin Launch is scheduled for March 26, 2009. 

        Need Braille Books? Want to get rid of old Braille books? Wondering how to build your Braille book library? Want to help get more books into the hands of blind children? We are pleased to announce that NFBShareBraille.org is ready to meet all of your Braille book needs. Experience the NFB ShareBraille revolution! A special thanks to our friends at the Wal-Mart Foundation for helping us make  NFBShareBraille.org possible. 

        Leaders thrive in the face of challenge.  Today, the National Federation of the Blind is pleased to announce that, in honor of our Braille Readers are Leaders Literacy Campaign, each regional competition of the 2009 Braille Challenge will be provided with a certificate to be awarded to one young Braille reader who has met the challenge.  This certificate will be redeemable for a United States Louis Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar courtesy of the National Federation of the Blind because Braille Readers are Leaders!


        Be a Part of the Louis Braile Bicentennial Celebration

        Look for Louis Braille celebratory NFB events in your area. While the majority of events will take place January 4, many more celebrations will occur later in January and throughout the year. Be sure to check the events site regularly. 

        As always, please encourage people to join this campaign list. This campaign is an excellent vehicle for us to build our list of individuals who want to learn more about Braille, want to help with Braille literacy, or are interested in buying coins. Every new subscriber is another opportunity for us to share our message, a message that carries with it the hopes and dreams of a future filled with equality and opportunity for every blind American. 
        Cut and paste this link to join the NFB-Braille Commemorative Coin and Literacy Campaign: http://tinyurl.com/6jdajq. 

        Follow the Braille Literacy Campaign on Twitter. Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate through e-mail and texting quick frequent answers to one question: What are you doing? Now, when you are asked, "What are you doing?" you can answer, "Making Braille literacy a reality for all blind people!"


        The Impact of Braille
        Watch the video Braille: Unlocking the Code. In this the exciting new video, the history and importance of Braille is explored with commentary and insights from successful Braille readers.  


        Youth Writing Contest

        The NFB Writers Division is hosting a Youth Writing Contest to promote Braille literacy and excellence in creative writing. Entries will be judged on creativity and quality of Braille. We are looking for creative writing, in the form of fiction and poetry. There is no charge for entering. This is a contest for students who use Braille. Entries must be submitted in hand embossed Braille, either on a slate and stylus or on a Braille writer. No computer Braille entries will be considered. Submissions must be Brailled by the entrant. Elementary students (K-5) may submit contracted Braille, uncontracted Braille, or an acceptable combination of the two. Students in higher grades will be expected to submit stories or poetry in contracted Braille. There are six categories: Elementary Fiction; Elementary Poetry; Middle School Fiction; Middle School Poetry; High School Fiction; High School Poetry. The Elementary category includes grades K-5, the Middle School category includes grades 6-8, and the High School category includes grades 9-12. The contest begins January 1, and all entries must be postmarked by April 1. There will be three cash prizes for each of the six categories. First prize per contest is $25.00, second prize is $15.00, and third prize is $5.00. Submissions for fiction may not exceed one thousand words, and poetry submissions may not exceed twenty lines. Authors may submit multiple entries, and all work must be original and unpublished. Each entrant must provide an identical print copy for possible publication. Entries must be accompanied by a cover sheet containing entrant's name, address, phone, e-mail, title of the entry, school, and grade of entrant, and winners will be announced at the Writers Division meeting during the 2009 NFB National convention held in Detroit, Michigan. 

        Send entries to Fred Wurtzel, 1212 N Foster, Lansing, Michigan 48912
        Questions? Contact Fred Wurtzel at f.wurtzel at comcast.net or 517-485-0326 









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